Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit


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Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit

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Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit


Pandit, Vijaya Lakshmi, 1900-1990


An autographed portrait of Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit, which is housed at the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, located at 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach, Florida. Pandit was born on August 18, 1900, in Allahabad in the North-Western Provinces of British India. In 1937, she became the first Indian woman to hold a cabinet post when she was elected to the provincial legislature of the United Provinces of British India. Pandit was also designated the minister of local self-government and the minister of public health, a position which she held until 1939 and again from 1946 to 1947. In 1946, Pandit was elected to the Constituent Assembly.

After Indian gained independence from Great Britain in 1947, Pandit became the Indian Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1947 to 1949, the Ambassador to the United States and to Mexico from 1949 to 1951, Ambassador to Ireland from 1955 to 1961, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1958 to 1961, and Ambassador to Spain from 1958 to 1961. She also led the Indian delegation to the United Nations from 1946 to 1968. In 1953, Pandit became the first female President of the United Nations General Assembly. Pandit also served as Governor of Mahra from 1962 to 1964 and then as Phulpur's representative at the Lok Sabha, Indian's lower house, from 1964 to 1968. In the late 1960s, Pandit retired but was later appointed to the UN Human Rights Commission in 1979. She died on December 1, 1990.


Original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print: Sun room, image 124, Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1900-1950

Date Modified


Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print.

Is Part Of

Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Collection, Daytona Beach Collection, Volusia County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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8 x 10 inch autographed black and white photographic print




Still Image


Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Mary McLeod Bethune Home, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida

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History Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

Holt, Rackham. Mary McLeod Bethune: A Biography. 1964.
Pfeffer, Paula F. A. Philip Randolph, Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. Baton Rouge, La: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.
Bynum, Cornelius L. A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

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Original Format

1 autographed black and white photographic print

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 inches


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